Sunday March 4th 3 .00 pm
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (violin)
Leonid Gorokhov (cello)
Caroline Palmer (piano)
Brahms: Violin sonata Op 108 (arr for cello)
Korngold: ‘Much ado about nothing' suite Op 11 for violin and piano
Suite in the old style for cello and piano
Dvorak: Piano trio in E minor Op 90 ‘Dumky'
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore grew up in England and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Vienna Conservatory, as well as with Julian Rachlin, Miriam Fried, and members of the Artis quartet and the Altenberg trio. He has appeared at festivals such as Kuhmo, IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute and Styriarte, and his chamber music partners have included Frans Helmerson, Janine Jansen, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Benjamin Schmid, Mischa Maisky and Gerhard Schulz. As a soloist he has performed with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the NDR Hannover, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has been the recipient of several awards, including 1st prize at the Oskar Back violin competition in Amsterdam, 4th prize at the Joseph Joachim violin competition in Hannover, and 3rd prize at the Mozart competition in Salzburg. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and was appointed concertmaster of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2016.
Leonid Gorokhov was born in St Petersburg,then Leningrad,and begun his cello studies at the age of seven, and graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Winner of Concertino Praga (First Prize) and Paris chamber music competition (Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist to be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of the Geneva Concours. In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for “exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment”. In 1991 he appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin ,who took invited him to join the Yehudi Menuhin School as a teacher. That gave him the chance to perform under Menuhin's baton with many leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic etc. He regularly returns to perform in Russia. His passion is chamber music, particularly involving younger musicians alongside more prominent and experienced partners. He is a Professor at the Hochschule Für Musik,Theater und Medien in Hannover,Germany.
Caroline Palmer studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Edith Vogel and later continued her studies with Peter Wallfisch and Hans Keller. She was a finalist in the Busoni competition and has played in the USA and in much of Europe. Well-known as both a solo pianist and chamber musician, she has recorded for British, Swiss, French, German and Italian radio stations and has made televised appearances in Italy and Bulgaria. Caroline's latest CDs include the cello sonatas of Saint-Saens, Faure and Busoni and the Brahms violin sonatas with Krzysztof Smietana. She has made numerous recordings as soloist and chamber musician for the BBC. Caroline has been a piano professor at the Guildhall since 1990, where she coaches chamber repertoire as well as teaching individual students